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Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast
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We're answering real questions about disability and finding hope beyond suffering. Whether you are personally impacted or you‘re looking for practical ways to encourage and include someone with special needs in your community or church, you are not alone!Join our host Crystal Keating each week as she sits down with one or two special guests who have encountered real challenges and persevered. Hear honest stories of hope, find encouragement for your own challenges, and learn how you can better embrace and support people impacted by disability and other chronic conditions.Subscribe and be inspired!Find all resources mentioned on the podcast at www.joniandfriends.org/podcastJoni and Friends was founded in 1979 by Joni Eareckson Tada who in a diving accident was left a quadriplegic at 17 years old. Ministry began as Tada, joined by friends around her kitchen table, responded to letters she received from people with disabilities in search of support. Over the past 40 years, the ministry has grown to serve thousands of people impacted by disability worldwide: Joni and Friends has delivered 150,000 wheelchairs and Bibles through Wheels for the World and provided Christian care to 63,000 special needs family members through Family Retreats. The organization also equips individuals and churches with disability ministry training and provides higher education courses through the Christian Institute on Disability. www.joniandfriends.org

Latest Episodes

A Response to Depression – Dr. Todd Stryd

With Christmas around the corner, does it seem like everyone else is oozing holiday cheer? While the rest of the world is wrapped in red and green, you’re the only one feeling blue? December is presented as a month of celebration and belonging – a time of happiness, when everything goes right. But so often that is not the case. For many people, the holidays intensify feelings of loneliness, grief, or depression. And instead of feeling happy, we’re reminded of the way things are not… of losses or of the things we’ve hoped for that still haven’t happened. This week on the podcast, Crystal is talking about depression with Dr. Todd Stryd, a faculty member and counseling coordinator at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. Listen to their encouraging conversation to hear how depression is approached in Scripture and how we can respond this Christmas season.

33 MIN3 d ago
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A Response to Depression – Dr. Todd Stryd

The Impact of a Wheelchair – Jasmine and Joey Tell

Last week on the podcast, Crystal talked with Jasmine and Joey Tell, a young couple who is working to transform the lives of people impacted by disability in Thailand. Today, Jasmine and Joey are back on the show to share more about their ministry and the impact that providing a wheelchair has on a person in need of mobility, as well as their family, their community, and their church. Hear how a wheelchair given in Jesus’ name is the perfect gift – how wheelchairs are opening doors for the Gospel in Thailand.

26 MIN1 w ago
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The Impact of a Wheelchair – Jasmine and Joey Tell

Following God’s Call in Thailand – Jasmine and Joey Tell

It’s remarkable to see how God will use our experiences and challenges to reveal His plan and move our hearts toward His purpose. This week on the podcast, Crystal is sitting down with Jasmine and Joey Tell, a young couple with an incredible story of answering God’s call to serve people with disabilities in Thailand. Listen as they share personal stories of God’s restoration, some of the typical challenges for people with disabilities in Thailand, and how God has called them to empower the local church in disability ministry. Don’t miss this great conversation with an inspiring couple!

39 MIN2 w ago
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Following God’s Call in Thailand – Jasmine and Joey Tell

For Better or Worse: When Disability Challenges Your Marriage – Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

After 37 years of marriage, Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada know firsthand the challenges that a married couple can face when disability involved. Today on the podcast, listen as they share stories from their own relationship and how they live out their husband and wife roles in a caregiving marriage. Because caregiving is not a detour for their lives; it is the main road that God has set out for them. Listen as they share the importance of trust and communication, and offer practical advice for other couples in a caregiving marriage. Find a copy of Ken Tada's new minibook, For Better or for Worse, at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast.

46 MIN3 w ago
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For Better or Worse: When Disability Challenges Your Marriage – Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

Schizophrenia – A Personal Story

Following Crystal’s last podcast episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Todd Stryd about caring for someone with schizophrenia, we’re sharing the personal story of a Christian woman who lives with schizophrenia. Her testimony was originally given at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation Conference in 2018 following Dr. Todd Stryd’s message on Schizophrenia, Psychosis, and Scripture – Finding Certainty in Chaos. Listen as she shares honestly about the confusion she faced as a young girl, the fears and uncertainties she continued to experience, and the hope she found through God’s Word. With the support of her family, her church, and a Christian counselor, she recognized that the Lord was calling her to more. Although her relationships have been challenged, the Lord has preserved them. By God’s grace, she is able to faithfully care for her two young children and her husband. Even when she is unrecognizable to herself and to others, God recognizes her, knows her intimately, and loves her. Schizophrenia cannot revoke God’s call on her life.

13 MIN3 w ago
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Schizophrenia – A Personal Story

Caring for Someone with Schizophrenia – Dr. Todd Stryd

November is National Family Caregivers Month and this week on the podcast we’re continuing the conversation about caregiving with a focus on how to care for someone with schizophrenia. If you have a loved one afflicted with schizophrenia, you may have wondered about the way forward. Today, Dr. Todd Stryd who serves as a faculty member and counseling coordinator at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation is sharing a road map for how to live with hope and compassion in the midst of schizophrenia. Through his experience as a hospital chaplain, crisis worker, and university counselor, he’s seen how God can empower both you and your loved one to persevere in faith and compassion. Hear how you can advocate for them, encourage their way forward, and connect them to a Christian community.

31 MINNOV 14
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Caring for Someone with Schizophrenia – Dr. Todd Stryd

Encouragement for Caregivers – Peter Rosenberger

November is National Family Caregiver’s Month, a time to recognize the dedication of family members who provide around the clock care to their loved ones. Today on the podcast, Crystal is chatting with Peter Rosenberger, a dedicated husband and caregiver for more than 30 years to his wife, Gracie. As he’s cared for Gracie who lives with disability and extreme pain, he’s learned so much about perseverance, love, and relationships. As someone who speaks “fluent caregiver,” he’s offering a lifetime of experience to be a lifeline of help to his fellow caregivers. Listen in for hope, encouragement, and some excellent practical advice.

37 MINNOV 7
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Encouragement for Caregivers – Peter Rosenberger

Part 2: The Scars That Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

This week, Crystal is continuing her conversation with Vaneetha Risner, a special guest who has experienced the powerful presence of God through a lifetime of suffering. If you missed last week’s episode with Vaneetha, you can listen to part 1 to hear her share of God’s faithfulness through a debilitating disease, multiple miscarriages, the death of a child, abandonment, and an unwanted divorce. In today’s conversation, Vaneetha shares honestly about the newer challenges she faces of living with a progressive disease, the transition from being the helper to being helped, and her sage advice for those going through unrelenting hardships. Through her many valleys, Vaneetha could have given up. But in the midst of her suffering, she discovered the goodness of God and His divine purposes. Listen now to hear more of her powerful story.

28 MINOCT 31
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Part 2: The Scars That Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Part 1: The Scars that Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

This week on the podcast, Crystal is talking with a special guest who understands suffering. With the diagnosis of a debilitating disease that led to 21 surgeries by the time she was 13, years in the hospital, and bullying from classmates, Vaneetha Risner encountered extraordinary pain early in life. She then experienced multiple miscarriages as a young wife, the death of a child, abandonment, and an unwanted divorce. And through it all, Vaneetha discovered the goodness of God and His divine purposes in her suffering. Listen as Crystal talks with Vaneetha about her book The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering, and God’s sustaining grace she found in the midst of disability, shame, and grief. Find a copy of The Scars That Have Shaped Me at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast Don’t miss part two of Crystal’s conversation with Vaneetha next week on the podcast. Vaneetha will share more about relearning who she is after loss, and her advice for other people facing unr...

24 MINOCT 24
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Part 1: The Scars that Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Discovering a New Community Through Disability – Nicole Pollastrini

Nicole Pollastrini is back to the podcast! Last episode, Nicole shared how her daughter’s unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome impacted her family. Today she’s talking about the community she found through her daughter’s special needs. The diagnosis of disability for Sage opened Nicole’s world to a new community of people facing similar challenges. This community of other parents raising children with special needs gave Nicole and her husband the support they needed to parent Sage. Hear how her involvement in the outreach of Buddy Break and other church activities has made all the difference. If you know a mom whose world has recently been rocked by the diagnosis of Down syndrome for her baby, please share this podcast with her.Nicole’s tenderadvice would benefit any mom with questions or fears following an unexpected diagnosis for her baby.

36 MINOCT 17
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Discovering a New Community Through Disability – Nicole Pollastrini

Latest Episodes

A Response to Depression – Dr. Todd Stryd

With Christmas around the corner, does it seem like everyone else is oozing holiday cheer? While the rest of the world is wrapped in red and green, you’re the only one feeling blue? December is presented as a month of celebration and belonging – a time of happiness, when everything goes right. But so often that is not the case. For many people, the holidays intensify feelings of loneliness, grief, or depression. And instead of feeling happy, we’re reminded of the way things are not… of losses or of the things we’ve hoped for that still haven’t happened. This week on the podcast, Crystal is talking about depression with Dr. Todd Stryd, a faculty member and counseling coordinator at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. Listen to their encouraging conversation to hear how depression is approached in Scripture and how we can respond this Christmas season.

33 MIN3 d ago
Comments
A Response to Depression – Dr. Todd Stryd

The Impact of a Wheelchair – Jasmine and Joey Tell

Last week on the podcast, Crystal talked with Jasmine and Joey Tell, a young couple who is working to transform the lives of people impacted by disability in Thailand. Today, Jasmine and Joey are back on the show to share more about their ministry and the impact that providing a wheelchair has on a person in need of mobility, as well as their family, their community, and their church. Hear how a wheelchair given in Jesus’ name is the perfect gift – how wheelchairs are opening doors for the Gospel in Thailand.

26 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Impact of a Wheelchair – Jasmine and Joey Tell

Following God’s Call in Thailand – Jasmine and Joey Tell

It’s remarkable to see how God will use our experiences and challenges to reveal His plan and move our hearts toward His purpose. This week on the podcast, Crystal is sitting down with Jasmine and Joey Tell, a young couple with an incredible story of answering God’s call to serve people with disabilities in Thailand. Listen as they share personal stories of God’s restoration, some of the typical challenges for people with disabilities in Thailand, and how God has called them to empower the local church in disability ministry. Don’t miss this great conversation with an inspiring couple!

39 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Following God’s Call in Thailand – Jasmine and Joey Tell

For Better or Worse: When Disability Challenges Your Marriage – Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

After 37 years of marriage, Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada know firsthand the challenges that a married couple can face when disability involved. Today on the podcast, listen as they share stories from their own relationship and how they live out their husband and wife roles in a caregiving marriage. Because caregiving is not a detour for their lives; it is the main road that God has set out for them. Listen as they share the importance of trust and communication, and offer practical advice for other couples in a caregiving marriage. Find a copy of Ken Tada's new minibook, For Better or for Worse, at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast.

46 MIN3 w ago
Comments
For Better or Worse: When Disability Challenges Your Marriage – Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

Schizophrenia – A Personal Story

Following Crystal’s last podcast episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Todd Stryd about caring for someone with schizophrenia, we’re sharing the personal story of a Christian woman who lives with schizophrenia. Her testimony was originally given at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation Conference in 2018 following Dr. Todd Stryd’s message on Schizophrenia, Psychosis, and Scripture – Finding Certainty in Chaos. Listen as she shares honestly about the confusion she faced as a young girl, the fears and uncertainties she continued to experience, and the hope she found through God’s Word. With the support of her family, her church, and a Christian counselor, she recognized that the Lord was calling her to more. Although her relationships have been challenged, the Lord has preserved them. By God’s grace, she is able to faithfully care for her two young children and her husband. Even when she is unrecognizable to herself and to others, God recognizes her, knows her intimately, and loves her. Schizophrenia cannot revoke God’s call on her life.

13 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Schizophrenia – A Personal Story

Caring for Someone with Schizophrenia – Dr. Todd Stryd

November is National Family Caregivers Month and this week on the podcast we’re continuing the conversation about caregiving with a focus on how to care for someone with schizophrenia. If you have a loved one afflicted with schizophrenia, you may have wondered about the way forward. Today, Dr. Todd Stryd who serves as a faculty member and counseling coordinator at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation is sharing a road map for how to live with hope and compassion in the midst of schizophrenia. Through his experience as a hospital chaplain, crisis worker, and university counselor, he’s seen how God can empower both you and your loved one to persevere in faith and compassion. Hear how you can advocate for them, encourage their way forward, and connect them to a Christian community.

31 MINNOV 14
Comments
Caring for Someone with Schizophrenia – Dr. Todd Stryd

Encouragement for Caregivers – Peter Rosenberger

November is National Family Caregiver’s Month, a time to recognize the dedication of family members who provide around the clock care to their loved ones. Today on the podcast, Crystal is chatting with Peter Rosenberger, a dedicated husband and caregiver for more than 30 years to his wife, Gracie. As he’s cared for Gracie who lives with disability and extreme pain, he’s learned so much about perseverance, love, and relationships. As someone who speaks “fluent caregiver,” he’s offering a lifetime of experience to be a lifeline of help to his fellow caregivers. Listen in for hope, encouragement, and some excellent practical advice.

37 MINNOV 7
Comments
Encouragement for Caregivers – Peter Rosenberger

Part 2: The Scars That Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

This week, Crystal is continuing her conversation with Vaneetha Risner, a special guest who has experienced the powerful presence of God through a lifetime of suffering. If you missed last week’s episode with Vaneetha, you can listen to part 1 to hear her share of God’s faithfulness through a debilitating disease, multiple miscarriages, the death of a child, abandonment, and an unwanted divorce. In today’s conversation, Vaneetha shares honestly about the newer challenges she faces of living with a progressive disease, the transition from being the helper to being helped, and her sage advice for those going through unrelenting hardships. Through her many valleys, Vaneetha could have given up. But in the midst of her suffering, she discovered the goodness of God and His divine purposes. Listen now to hear more of her powerful story.

28 MINOCT 31
Comments
Part 2: The Scars That Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Part 1: The Scars that Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

This week on the podcast, Crystal is talking with a special guest who understands suffering. With the diagnosis of a debilitating disease that led to 21 surgeries by the time she was 13, years in the hospital, and bullying from classmates, Vaneetha Risner encountered extraordinary pain early in life. She then experienced multiple miscarriages as a young wife, the death of a child, abandonment, and an unwanted divorce. And through it all, Vaneetha discovered the goodness of God and His divine purposes in her suffering. Listen as Crystal talks with Vaneetha about her book The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering, and God’s sustaining grace she found in the midst of disability, shame, and grief. Find a copy of The Scars That Have Shaped Me at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast Don’t miss part two of Crystal’s conversation with Vaneetha next week on the podcast. Vaneetha will share more about relearning who she is after loss, and her advice for other people facing unr...

24 MINOCT 24
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Part 1: The Scars that Have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Discovering a New Community Through Disability – Nicole Pollastrini

Nicole Pollastrini is back to the podcast! Last episode, Nicole shared how her daughter’s unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome impacted her family. Today she’s talking about the community she found through her daughter’s special needs. The diagnosis of disability for Sage opened Nicole’s world to a new community of people facing similar challenges. This community of other parents raising children with special needs gave Nicole and her husband the support they needed to parent Sage. Hear how her involvement in the outreach of Buddy Break and other church activities has made all the difference. If you know a mom whose world has recently been rocked by the diagnosis of Down syndrome for her baby, please share this podcast with her.Nicole’s tenderadvice would benefit any mom with questions or fears following an unexpected diagnosis for her baby.

36 MINOCT 17
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Discovering a New Community Through Disability – Nicole Pollastrini
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